Tip o’ the Morning to Ya – Success Mentors

Rich Habits Word of the Day

Exemplar – Standard, epitome. Tom’s 4th grade teacher was an exemplar of a mentor who instilled in him a sense of purpose.

Rich Habits Fact of the Day

Famous Mentor-Mentee Pairs:

OPRAH WINFREY mentored by Mrs. Duncan (4th grade teacher)

GEN. COLIN POWELL mentored by his father Luther Powell

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING mentored by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

US PRESIDENT JOSIAH BARTLET mentored by Mrs. Landingham (The West Wing)

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN mentored by Howard Zinn

LUKE SKYWALKER mentored by Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (Star Wars)

HENRY DAVID THOREAU mentored by Ralph Waldo Emerson

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN mentored by William Ravenel (high school teacher/coach)

WALTER CRONKITE mentored by Fred Birney (high school journalism teacher)

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON mentored by Rev. Donald James

GLORIA ESTEFAN mentored by her grandmother Consuelo Garcia

HELEN KELLER mentored by Anne Sullivan

BOB DYLAN mentored by Woody Guthrie

QUINCY JONES mentored by Ray Charles

MARTIN SHEEN mentored by Rev. Alfred Drapp

DENZEL WASHINGTON mentored by Sidney Poitier

HARRY POTTER mentored by Professor Dumbledore

ROSA PARKS mentored by Alice L. White (headmistress)

TOM BROKAW mentored by Frances Morrow (elementary school teacher)

MITCH ALBOM mentored by Morrie Schwartz (Tuesdays with Morrie)

ANTWONE FISHER mentored by Brenda Profitt (elementary school teacher)

GWEN IFILL mentored by Alden Poole (college professor)

LARRY KING mentored by Edward Bennett Williams

CAL RIPKEN, JR. mentored by his father

TIM RUSSERT mentored by Sister Mary Lucille

Rich Habit Lesson of the Day

  1. In life, there are five ways to find a Success Mentor: Parents – Parents are often the only opportunity any of us have at having a mentor in life. This is why parenting is so important. Parents need to be success mentors to their children. They need to teach their children good daily success habits. If they don’t it is likely their children will struggle in life financially.
  2. Teachers – Good teachers are good mentors. Teachers can reinforce the mentoring children receive at home from their parents, or step in to provide the much needed success mentoring absent at home.
  3. Career Mentors – For those not fortunate enough to have had parents or teachers who provided success mentoring, finding someone at work who can act as a mentor will ensure success in life. Find someone at work who you admire, trust and respect and just ask them to be your mentor.
  4. Reading – Many successful people attribute their success in life to self-help, success authors such as Dale Carnegie, Earl Nightingale, Og Mandino or Jack Canfield.
  5. School of Hard Knocks – When you learn good daily success habits through the school of hard knocks you are essentially your own mentor. You teach yourself what not to do. You learn from your mistakes and failures. This is the hard way because those mistakes and failures cost you financially.


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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

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Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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